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Narcissus Reflected

Spectacle de danse participatif via smartphones

K. Danse - Jean-Marc Matos 2017 - Directors : Mignot, Anouk - Le Turc, Nicolas

Choreographer(s) : Matos, Jean-Marc (France)

Present in collection(s): Spectacles de danse participatifs

Video producer : K. Danse

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Narcissus Reflected

Spectacle de danse participatif via smartphones

K. Danse - Jean-Marc Matos 2017 - Directors : Mignot, Anouk - Le Turc, Nicolas

Choreographer(s) : Matos, Jean-Marc (France)

Present in collection(s): Spectacles de danse participatifs

Video producer : K. Danse

en fr

Performance description

Interactions with audiences are made through messages sent (in French, Chinese, English or any other language), via a local mobile telephone network (which we provide), on the smartphones of participating audiences.

Playful confrontation between the Judo-Christian values anchored in our culture and the new values of our individualistic society that legitimizes narcissism and the cultivation of the self.
Continuous interaction with the audience via their smartphones.

With Narcissus Reflected we continue our commitment towards the mixing of contemporary dance with digital arts. 

Narcissus has replaced Oedipus.
In this original piece, performed by two excellent dancers, we address the question of the moral values of our contemporary society that legitimizes, little by little, the sense of individualism and the cultivation of the self. Pride has become a virtue; feelings of guilt have disappeared.

Used in an unusual way in this project, digital technology contributes to the playfulness of the piece.
Audiences carry in their hands a technical responsibility: via their smartphones, and a specially designed program, they get involved in the action taking place on stage.

In a humoristic, provocative – yet profound – way the possibilities of “voting” and acting upon how the choreography unfolds, question our relationship with everyday technologies.
Choreography is also renewed through the use of a principle of repetition as compositional tool.
This repetition is based on the seven sins.
For each sequence audiences choose their sin, vote, lead the game…
For each sequence the dancers enact their movements, inquire about what to do next, repeat the choreographic motifs, without being aware of why they do so. A question is put forward: How to comply with the quest for meaning, and find again the sense of the sacred beyond our ordinary practices?
Bodies in motion as faces of an answer.

Through its high artistic quality and its technological innovation, both on the level of the choreography and the participative concept, Narcissus Reflected is informed by current political, religious and social events and transcribes the extactic energy, the sense of urgency, the violence and the convulsions of the world.

Matos, Jean-Marc

Dancer, choreographer and artistic director. Trained at the Cunningham Studio in New-York, he has performed with David Gordon (Judson Church). He is interested in the impact of digital technology on society, in order to develop a meaningful relationship between dance and new media. He has choreographed more than 45 pieces which have been presented extensively in France (Avignon Festival, the Pompidou Center, etc.) and in many countries (Europe, Central and South America, USA, Canada, North Africa, India, Pakistan). He is involved in  several cross-cultural and multidisciplinary projects, including  the EU supported projects Metabody and Wholodance, for which he is one of the co-organizing partners.

Courcelle, Arnaud

Digital artist.

Digital scenography, design of the participative set for Narcissus Reflected. 

Mignot, Anouk

Anouk Mignot, graphic designer, communication specialist, video editor

Le Turc, Nicolas

Nicolad Le Turs, video artist and musician

K. Danse

Contemporary dance Company involved in many production, mediation and research projects integrating dance and digital arts.

The choreographic approach of the K. Danse Company develops a contemporary movement language by the dialectic confrontation between the physical body (lived, experienced) and the visual body (seen, virtual).

Since 1983, K. Danse has been present in major festivals and cultural events in France and abroad: Festivals of Aix en Provence, Avignon In, la Rochelle, Châteauvallon, Métafort d’Aubervilliers, American Center of Paris, Georges Pompidou Center, Grande Halle de la Villette, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Maison de la Danse de Lyon, Centre National Art et Technologie de Reims, Centre National de la Danse, ISEA 2000 à Paris, Monaco Dance Forum, Espace Odyssud de Blagnac, Cité de l’Espace de Toulouse, Electrochoc Festival, Digital Art Center Le Cube of Issy Les Moulineaux, Arts Center of Enghien les Bains, the Ardenome Gallery in Avignon, the CENTQUATRE in Paris, Le Louvre Pyramid in Paris (with the BodyFail project, laureate of the 2017 Open Art Pulsar Prize), CURIOSITas Festival, Paris-Saclay (2019)…

The company has toured in Central America, Senegal, India, Vietnam, Morocco, Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Pakistan, Belgium, Hungary, Canada and USA and has presented performances at the Soros Center of Budapest, Video Fest and Podewill Centrum, Berlin, Hamburg International Festival, Foundation Polar in Caracas, Festival Medi@rte in Monterrey, Festival VAD Girona and IDN Barcelona (Catalonia), The international Video Art Festival of Casablanca (Morocco), The National Theatre of Guatemala, NIAS of Bangalore (India), Festival Llunes d’esBaluard of Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands), ScenoFest Festival Quadrennial of Prague (Czech Republic), International Forum of Dance and Theater of Huesca, Spain (Price for the most innovative performance, 2012, with the Tactile Sensations project), Casa Paganini (Genoa, Italy), Romaeuropa Festival (Rome), La Sorbonne Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates, 2018), International Festival of Video Art (Casablanca, Morocco, 2019)…

Recipient of a grant “projet Phare 2017” from la Diagonale Paris Saclay for the RCO project (with scientist and artist Sarah Fdili Alaoui), recipient of the Fellowship Residency program from the Bogliasco Foundation 2017 (Genoa Italy, New-York).

Narcissus Reflected, l'équipe

Artistic direction / Conception : Matos, Jean-Marc

Artistic direction assistance / Conception : Courcelle, Arnaud

Choreography : Matos, Jean-Marc

Interpretation : Danseurs-performeurs, partenaires de création : Fabien Gautier & Marianne Masson

Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Holst, Anne

Stage direction : Matos, Jean-Marc

Set design : Matos, Jean-Marc et Courcelle Arnaud

Original music : Mondolfo, Emmanuel

Video conception : Courcelle, Arnaud

Lights : Stuber, Yarol

Costumes : Cie K. Danse

Technical direction : Stuber, Yarol

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Soutiens : Ville de Toulouse, Conseil Régional Occitanie, Conseil Départmental de la Haute-Garonne Accueils en résidence : Théâtre Le Ring, Toulouse – CDCN, Toulouse – École d’éducation Artistique, Tournefeuille – Théâtre Marcel Pagnol, Villeneuve-Tolosane.

Production / Coproduction of the video work : K. Danse

Duration : 50 mn

Narcissus Reflected, dedicated site and touring dates

Dedicated site:

Upcoming presentations:
– Season 2020-2021, Maison du Savoir, Saint-Laurent de Neste (near Tarbes)

Recent presentations:
– September 14, 2018, Maison du Savoir, Saint-Laurent de Neste (near Tarbes)
– February 16, 2018 – Theater Roguet, Toulouse
– March 21 & 22, 2018 – Electochoc Festival, Bourgoin-Jallieu (near Lyon)
– November 10, 2017, French Institute, Barcelona (as part of the Fenomens Festival)

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